Crowder sophomores Zahria White, Coley Ickes, and Michaela Mack each picked up some postseason recognition for their selections to the All-Region 16 first or second team.
White earned a return selection to the first team, while Ickes moved up from the second team recognition she received her freshman season. Mack earned her first all-Region 16 selection, making the second team grade.
White, who played in 28 and started 27 games her sophomore season, led the Lady ‘Riders with 13.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game and she made a team-high 53.4 percent of her shots on the season. White averaged 23.4 points per 40 minutes, her 22.5 minutes per game affected by 97 personal fouls that produced foul trouble and six disqualifications.
White scored a season-high 25 points in a 83-66 loss against Labette and had 23 in a 82-81 road win over State Fair. Overall, White produced 19 double-digit scoring performances, as well as seven double-digit rebound performances. White grabbed a season-best 12 rebounds in wins over Redlands and Three Rivers, the latter performance in the Region 16 semifinals.
Ickes averaged 9.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.3 steals in 32 games this season. She proved the most reliable free throw shooter for the Lady ‘Riders, making 80.4 percent of her charity tosses on the season (2.6 makes per game).
Ickes played two seasons of basketball after one season of softball at Crowder.
Her most critical statistic was her ability to take care of the ball better than any other Crowder player, as Ickes finished with a 2.3 assist-turnover ratio.
Mack finished third on the Lady ‘Riders in scoring behind White and Ickes, averaging 9.3 points and her floor game included 4.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.7 steals per game. Mack reached the stripe 5.6 times per game, leading the team, often with her aggressive drives to the basket producing contact and foul calls.
Mack was the only Crowder player this season to earn Region 16 player of the week honors.
Crowder won nearly twice as many games as in the previous season, improving from 12 wins last season to 22 in 2017-18. The Lady ‘Riders advanced to the Region 16 title game in both seasons, where a cold shooting performance hurt Crowder in each game.
Crowder finished 13-2 in the friendly confines of Bob Sneller Gymnasium — with the only losses 61-60 against Northern Oklahoma-Enid and 59-52 against Moberly, teams who have combined so far for a 56-5 record.
All season, Crowder ranked among NJCAA Division I national leaders in team free throws made and attempted. Currently, Crowder is No. 1 once again in free throws made (599) and attempted (894), eclipsing, with two more games played, Collin County in both categories (597-841 for Collin County).